Birr Festival of Music & Voice PROGRAMME ANNOUNCED


There will be arias in the air and strings in the streets once again when Birr Festival of Music & Voice returns for its second outing this May Bank Holiday weekend.

After a thrilling debut last year, this year’s programme includes something for music lovers of all ages.  Ireland’s acclaimed international soprano Cara O’Sullivan will make her return to the Midlands when she opens the weekend’s proceedings on Friday 4 May. 

One of Ireland’s most successful musicians, pianist Finghin Collins performs a programme of great solos on Saturday. He will be joined by principal clarinettist with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, John Finucane for some exciting duets.

A highlight of the weekend is undoubtedly The Trench Award Gala Concert on the Sunday. Established in 2014, this Award for a young emerging professional singer/musician from the Midland region, is now one of the most valuable bursaries of the year, amounting in total to €7,000 in bursary prizes.  


An exciting new addition to the Trench Award this year is the Caproni Acadamy Prize. It includes an eight day residency in Tuscany, Italy, together with a small gathering of international young singers, with vocal coaching, mentoring, performance opportunities, all under the guidance of Bruno Caproni and Julian Evans, who enthralled audiences with their performance at the festival last year. 


Plus, there will be lots, lots more!


Tickets on sale now!



The full programme for Birr Festival of Music & Voice is available now.


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